Today I unconsciously found myself experimenting something. It started as a basic daily issue but on the way it turned into a lifetime learning on how I would use strategies in my daily life. Don’t we all tend to lose track over and over again although we know the right way through the end? I learned it from a knot.
Yesterday I bought a long rope for my shoes. As I couldn’t find the shoe I always dreamt of, I decided to make my own. In the morning, I woke up having a lot of things to do. After having my breakfast, I’ve seen the rope lying over there as a complete mess. Although I had a lot of work to do, I couldn’t allow myself from trying to untie the knot. It was long, seriously long. Even to myself it felt like an insane idea, but I started. After two minutes I realised that I’m relaxing my mind and quite started to enjoy it. My focus was not untying the knot anymore, rather enjoying the process.
Slowly I decided to find the points where the knot is most complex and decided to focus on these areas. Meanwhile I was thinking about my life, my work and my choices. The knot was really complex and I was holding the rope with my two hands. I decided to cut one piece and hold it as my focus point. I made a path for myself out that focus point. When I open my first path and got rid of the first knot I immediately rolled it and put it aside. That was my first success, and now 80 cm’s left out of 100. When I started again, I realised I’m once again unconsciously pulling the rope without a strategy. I was back there where I started, without a starting point. I cut another part and asked myself is it fair what I’m doing? Since I wont’t be using the rope as a whole anymore. Then I realised my objective and length of the pieces are perfectly enough for me. The pieces of the rope will be enough for my target, so my strategy was completely acceptable. I was on the halfway. I was happy that I was proceeding and almost untying a huge bunch of knot so that finally I’ll focus on my work that I’ve been wasting doing this. Thinking about these ideas once again I realised I was drifting away from my strategy and losing the progress I had in the knot. I had to focus again to my focal point and knot. It took me a while to find again my starting point and from that moment on it once again seemed less complex. I was telling myself that this time I’m very much experienced so I won’t lose track again. I decided to spread the pieces that I untied so that they won’t be knot again. I spent an hour like this and reached my goal.
It was a great exercise to realise how I do the same mistakes over and over again and why do I do it. Now I have a pair of beautiful shoes and a strategy to untie the knots of my life.